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For example, when searching with "quest" for content containing word "questions" starting from beginning of word, Gmail returns result:

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However if searching with "est", no results are being returned.

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This is not a search function, this is an autocomplete one. That's why you have to start at the begining of your contact Name or address. – JMax Aug 28 '12 at 10:59
Do you know how to search instead of autocomplete when composing email message so I can find certain contact fast? – Boris_yo Aug 28 '12 at 13:13
No, I can't see any eay way. You can go to Google Contacts, search for the contact and compose mail to the contact – JMax Aug 28 '12 at 14:01
@JMax, see w3d’s answer. – Alex Aug 28 '12 at 14:46
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Typing in the "To" field autocompletes the contact from the start of a word, not just the start of the contact name or email address. So, if you have a contact called "Joe Bloggs", you can start searching on the b of "Bloggs" ie:

Gmail To Field Autocomplete

Contact Search

If, however, you want to do a complete search of your contacts, you can click on the label "To" and this opens all your contacts in a handy popup, complete with a search box. Select all the contacts that you wish to address the email to and click Select.

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Or Cc or Bcc —for both situations. – Alex Aug 28 '12 at 14:43

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